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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Little Willie John was the first of the great soul singers, although he emerged and was active nearly a decade before the genre was even given a name. A diminutive, emotional dynamo, John could wrest the very heart and soul from the most mundane set of lyrics, making every word seem as if the fate of the world rested on it. When united with fine material like his signature song, "Fever," which he co-wrote (and is included here), John invariably delivered definitive versions. This collection covers recordings made between 1956 and 1966, and the first nine tracks are from his prime years with King Records, while the rest of the tracks ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Little Willie John was the first of the great soul singers, although he emerged and was active nearly a decade before the genre was even given a name. A diminutive, emotional dynamo, John could wrest the very heart and soul from the most mundane set of lyrics, making every word seem as if the fate of the world rested on it. When united with fine material like his signature song, "Fever," which he co-wrote (and is included here), John invariably delivered definitive versions. This collection covers recordings made between 1956 and 1966, and the first nine tracks are from his prime years with King Records, while the rest of the tracks sound like live recordings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/2002
  • Label: EMBER
  • UPC: 658028111521
  • Catalog Number: 15

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Little Willie John Primary Artist
George Barnes Guitar
Bill Jennings Guitar
Hal Singer Tenor Saxophone
Mickey Baker Guitar
Al McKibbon Bass
Everett Barksdale Guitar
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Edwyn Conley Bass
Panama Francis Drums
Rufus Gore Tenor Saxophone
Bill Graham Baritone Saxophone
Lowell Hastings Trumpet
Ernie Hayes Piano
Milt Hinton Bass
Willis "Gator" Jackson Tenor Saxophone
Bill Pemberton Bass
Reuben Phillips Baritone Saxophone
Calvin Shields Drums
Kelly Owens Piano
David Van Dyke Tenor Saxophone
Edison Gore Drums
Robert "Bubber" Johnson Piano
Jon Thomas Piano
Ray Relder Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
John Martyn Composer
Booker T. Laury Composer
Chuck Portz Composer
Jim Tucker Composer
Joe Seneca Composer
Mertis John Liner Notes
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